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Janet Porter

Chair of the Lloyd’s List Editorial Board


Janet is an award-winning business journalist with extensive knowledge of the maritime industry, and in recent years a particular focus on the container shipping sector.

She chairs the Lloyd’s List Editorial Board, an independent panel of experts who provide guidance and advice to the editorial team to ensure the highest standards of journalism are maintained.

Prior to that, Janet was responsible for overseeing coverage of the global container shipping industry for two of the world's leading maritime publications, Lloyd's List and Containerisation International.

Janet has often been the first to report some of the industry’s biggest events. She broke the story that AP Moller-Maersk was poised to take over P&O Nedlloyd. The details were so accurate that trading in P&O Nedlloyd's shares on the Amsterdam stock exchange was suspended until an official statement was issued the following day, confirming the acquisition talks.

More recently, she was in overall charge of Containerisation International as it was fully integrated into the Lloyd’s List group. This included publication of a monthly magazine plus daily online news and analysis. At a time when container shipping is in the throes of the biggest upheaval in its 60 years history, CI has provided the most comprehensive coverage available of all the changes taking place, and how these will affect the future shape of the industry.

Before joining Lloyd’s List, Janet was London correspondent and bureau chief for The Journal of Commerce, then a daily New York-based business paper that became part of the Economist Group, covering a broad range of industries from shipping, aviation, insurance and surface transportation to regulation and trade policy, while also managing a network of European correspondents and editing their articles.

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Ever Given casualty places crisis communications under the spotlight

When a major shipping casualty occurs that attracts the attention of the mainstream media and general public, top executives from the key companies involved should be prepared to personally comment, and appear on television or radio, rather than rely on press releases in this era of rolling news and social media, in order to show leadership to the outside world

Japan Taiwan

Exxon Valdez. Piper Alpha. Ever Given?

Just as the Exxon Valdez and Piper Alpha disasters brought lasting change to the tanker and offshore industries in terms of best practice and safety standards, so the chaos created by a 20,000 teu Evergreen ship becoming wedged in the Suez Canal is likely to put pressure on containership owners and operators to address their preparedness to deal with major incidents involving the latest generation of boxships

Middle East and Africa Taiwan

Expect spike in rates and months of disruption, warn container lines

Updated March 28, 22:30 BST: Repeated attempts to re-float the grounded Ever Given over the weekend have failed as salvors struggle with rock under the ship’s bow. Meanwhile, Maersk has warned of higher short-term spot rates and told customers to expect months of disruption

Europe Middle East and Africa

Gentleman Jim Davis — a crusader for common sense in shipping

Jim Davis, the charismatic chairman of the shipping think-tank International Maritime Industries Forum, was one of the giants of the modern industry, an iconic figure who brought together a diverse cross section of industry leadership and became a crusader for common sense in shipping


Divided US united in bipartisan support for Jones Act

Democrats and Republicans in Congress strongly favour the Jones Act, which protects merchant marine jobs and ensures that the US retains access to maritime capabilities in the event of military operations or a national emergency, according to speakers at a European Maritime Law Organisation webinar

United States Containers

Speculative boxship ordering returns as financial buyers eye sizzling container trades

Hyundai Heavy Industries has landed the deal, thought to be worth around $500m, as investors see long-term potential for container shipping that is finally producing strong profits after years of under-performance

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